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You hunt for the answer to, “How do I make a HubPage?”
If you write your title first, then you make sure that your meaning follows the same idea. If you choose your content first then make sure that your title follows the point of the content. Try to search for the best keywords to add to the title. Not too many - just a about three.
The summary can be written first, last, in between, or even in parts as you are writing the rest. Again, just make sure that it is the basically about title and the content. Try to keep it at a maximum of 150 words.
Once more search for keywords to add to your summary but not too many. More than the title this time but still not too many. You can fit approximately 5-6 keywords into the summary.
Train of thought or point of interest:
Always keep the same train of thought in your Hub so that your traffic will keep coming back for the same reason. If the point of interest is different than what is said in the title and summary than the inquisitive people might be confused and not bother to read the Hub.
Write it for the readers not for yourself. Why you ask? I will ask you a question. Who is reading your Hub? That is correct. It is not you that is reading it - in the future - it is your readers. They are the ones whose interest you must draw the attention of to keep them coming back and sharing it with others (such as in Facebook).
The content is the main portion of your Hub
Next we have the content or train of thought. The content is the center, or main, part of a Hub. Is there something(s) which you are in the know with or at home with? [Examples: hobbies, sports, cooking, and so much more]. If not and you are drawn to - or curious about - certain subjects then you need to do research on it/them and find out all that you can. [Examples: politics, religion, history, and so much more]. There is a good deal of things out there to write about. All that you need to do is to search for it.
Heck, about the only time that I do not think about writing these days is when I sleep at night.
Do not copy other work word for word. If you do this only copy parts of it in quotes - not the entire article - because if it is not done right you may end up being sued. Write it in your own form in words which they did not use and then try to find out facts which no one else knows and then add these facts to your own Hub. What you need to do is to always keep your eye open for fresh information which is related to what you wrote about and continue to update your Hub.
Example of keyword table
Keywords are famous words which are often used on a search engine by many people reading and looking for the same thing. They are used on the Internet and not the same as words which are used on paper. Many people use the same keywords on the Internet when seeking information.
You should also add some keywords to your title and content. One thing to beware of. Do not overuse keywords. You must use them sparingly and not repeat the same words too often - or even use to many different ones - otherwise Google (and perhaps others) will consider your Hub as spam. They are important for drawing in searchers from places like Google, Bing, etc. [For information about keywords hover ‘Explore’ - click on Hubs – click on ‘Technology’].
The keywords are a large part of why your Hub will be looked at by more readers/searchers on the search engines or from HubPages. If you do not know about keywords, or want to be more familiar with them, there are areas on HubPages that can help you with that. There are directions from both Hubs Pages Tutorials and also Hubs (which I mentioned above).
Photos & videos:
Then there are the photos and the videos. It is required to have at least 3 (more is better) photos in every Hub which you create. If you are a photographer, even shots which are a piece of cake from an easy camera, it is best for you to post your own photos. If you cannot use your own photos then there are sites where you can go for free photos (like Wikimedia Commons, morgueFile.com, Flickr Creative Commons) these are a few sites but there are more. You have to make sure that they are accepted on HubPages and legal to use. ‘Legal to use’ means that they are not copyrighted and are open for public use – the free photos accepted on HubPages are available for public use.
For videos, they are not required to create the Hub but at least 1 is favored.
When you click ‘Edit’ on a video capsule for a Hub site it shows a list of where you can get videos which are accepted on HubPages.
Polls can be in pie chart formClick thumbnail to view full-size
Poll in bar graph formClick thumbnail to view full-size
Polls & quizzes:
You may not think that polls and quizzes are important but with the *right* questions and answers they can be fun, curious, or it is even possible to teach the readers about your Hub. Use your imagination and make the questions and answers as attention drawing and interesting as possible. Play the part of being the reader and ask yourself the questions. Then come back with a comment for each question which you would say if you were reading someone else’s Hub.
You can choose to either make your polls in bar graphs or pie charts.
Proofreading practice - [Read carefully]
Self-editing your writing
Proofread and edit:
After you have used Word (or another word processor) plus any type of spell/grammar checker you should still proofread the work yourself. Proofreading your Hub looks for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, spaces (too close or too far), capitalization and more. You have the option of hiring a professional proofreader – which may be out of your range. You can have a friend/someone you know, read it for you; you can download a proofreading software program; or you may also do it yourself. For the final choice you have to be very careful not to miss any errors – even the professionals can let some mistakes fall between the cracks. I have found errors while reading published books. I have written a Hub on the form and style which I use when I proofread my own Hubs, comments, etc.
When I cut and paste all of the words over to HubPages from my Word program I go over the whole page again, capsule by capsule. I read it out loud forwards, backwards, upside-down (just kidding on the upside-down). If it all seems to check out all right then I go to ‘Preview’ and read it silently as if I was a reader. I may find errors which I missed before and I go back to the ‘Edit’ mode and the particular capsule to correct that mistake. Following that I will return to ‘Preview’ and continue reading where I left off.
In the self-editing video did you notice anything wrong? I noticed it the fist time that I had seen this. If you do too, mention in the comments.
Even after I ‘Publish’ it I am still always checking for mistakes which may have been overlooked before - days later, weeks later.
Word, Works, Libre Office
Bean, Lifehacker, Libre Office
Libre Office, Calligra Suite, Google Docs
Each ad in a paper is a text 'capsule'
Are you familiar with the capsule? It is recommended that you divide your content into various capsules instead of just a few. I try to do so when I am writing in Word before I transfer to HubPages. Usually I will attempt to think of all, or most, of the capsules before I start to write any words.
When in the 'Edit' box, do not hyphenate your words. They will not show up the same way in which you typed them.
When you create a capsule you have the choice of making it text, photo, video and a few others.
Is there anything at all which you look forward to adding?
Is there anything at all you which would ask to be to removed?
Author: Kevin - ©2013
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